Tuesday, July 13, 2010

How to Lose Belly Fat -- For Real

So now we know the dangers of belly fat -- but how can we lose it and create flat abs? Here's your guide to the basics:

• Drink pure water throughout the day - 1/2 your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 100 lbs, drink 50 oz per day, 120 lbs, drink 60 oz per day, and so on. You will feel 'full' and not want to aimlessly snack. Consume 4 oz per 20 minutes rather than gulping large quantities to allow your body to absorb water to avoid 'running' to the bathroom.

• Soda, sugary drinks and water drinks containing high fructose corn syrup or other food additives are a big no-no. If it isn't pure water, let it go. But feel free to add a slice of lemon, lime, orange, cucumber or whatever you choose to naturally flavor your water.

• Prepare your meals at home. Dining out, in most cases, will not be as helpful to your weight loss goals. Fast food is just pure sabotage.

• Graze. Space your meals out by allowing 2 1/2 hours or so between small meals.

• Eliminate refined sugar (candy, pastries, etc.) and foods that process as sugar (alcohol). Limit natural sugars (fruits, etc).

• Make your own juice drinks. Go out and buy a good juicer. It's worth the investment. Not only will you fill up on perfect organic nutrition, but you will also help prevent nutritional deficiencies. Fact: Most people in the US are overfed, but malnourished. Don't be one of them.

• Increase exercise. Walking, swimming, stretching, yoga -- just start moving! Consult with your physician before starting an exercise plan. My fave: Swimming or moving through water (walking, running, aerobic movement) is a refreshing way to use your body weight as resistance against the water. You'll burn calories, tone muscles and keep cool while doing so!

• Burn more calories than you take in. Makes sense, right?

Check the LNH archives for more nutritional guidance and information.

Live long!

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